For 534 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 55% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 42% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

David Rooney's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Moonlight
Lowest review score: 10 Argento's Dracula 3D
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 42 out of 534
534 movie reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The sense of time passing is hypnotic, and the image of the ghost, wounded and watching, unable to communicate or offer comfort, becomes more eerie and beautiful the longer we observe it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    This slow but brilliantly sustained journey into madness is fronted by a remarkable performance from Ralph Fiennes and superb backup from Miranda Richardson in a triple role.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A highly accomplished, compact feature, which, while it may be light on depth, is rich in humor, rhythm, energy and inventiveness.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    What distinguishes Borten and Wallack’s screenplay is its refusal to sentimentalize by providing humbling epiphanies to set Ron on the right path and endow him with empathy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    This is the kind of contemplative cinematheque piece that washes pleasurably over you, inviting the viewer to tune in or out, to free-associate or locate the subtle connections and recurring themes as Cohen trains his restless, inquisitive gaze on faces and features that represent a wide spectrum of life.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    What's most singular about the project — beautifully shot in black-and-white 3D, which often gives the images a beguiling disembodied quality — is that in addition to providing access to the creative process and deepening the album experience, it serves as a profoundly affecting reflection on the pain of parents who have lost a child.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Mond's skill at working with actors is equal to his fully developed visual style and assured modulation of atmosphere and tone. This may be a small movie, but it's an impressively rigorous one without an ounce of flab.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    An accomplished marriage of elaborate style and content.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Told with captivating simplicity and yet richly cinematic, it combines ethnographic and spiritual elements in a haunting love story with classic undertones, affording a glimpse into a little-known culture.
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    • 90 David Rooney
    The level of socially accepted discrimination exposed here provokes both heartbreak and anger.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A Thanksgiving family reunion comedy that sparkles with acerbic wit, original characters and genuine heart.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A sober and yet profoundly stirring contemplation of family, roots, identity and home, which engrosses throughout the course of its two-hour running time.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    No less impressive than the narrative mastery here, however, is the technical execution of this bold minimalist experiment.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    There's no such thing as a sure bet in career jumps, so the elegant execution, the incisive grasp of character and milieu, and the stealthy but sure arrival of pathos are extremely gratifying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Exhaustively informative and powerfully emotional.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    The film is non-fiction storytelling of remarkable nuance.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A fascinating contemplation of adolescent sexuality that will be a star-making platform for its young lead, Marine Vacth.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Enormously satisfying, superbly crafted.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Finally. After "The Phantom of the Opera," "Rent" and "The Producers" botched the transfer from stage to screen, Dreamgirls gets it right. Bill Condon's adaptation of the 1981 show about a Motown trio's climb to crossover stardom pulls off the fundamental double-act those three musical pics all missed: It stays true to the source material while standing on its own as a fully reimagined movie.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    It's enriched by signature qualities – the humanistic, nonjudgmental gaze, the absence of sentimentality, the ultra-naturalistic style – that have always distinguished the Belgian brothers' fine body of work.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Craftily combining elements that speak directly to three different generations, this accomplished ensemble piece is shaping up to be the surprise homegrown hit of the season.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A massive undertaking and an accomplished piece of filmmaking in a solid tradition of intelligent, meticulous literary adaptations.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    A fascinating process movie about acting and storytelling, but also a curious meta-contemplation of our own voyeuristic attraction to tragedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 David Rooney
    Eliza Hittman's second feature is very much the work of a filmmaker with her own distinctive voice, combining moody poetry with textural sensuality to evoke the dangerous recklessness that often accompanies sexual discovery.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    Thoughtful, melancholy drama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    It recovers from an opening that's a little oblique to grow progressively more seductive as the two lost central characters become entwined.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    But despite less-than-ideal casting of the male roles, and a tendency to soften the Pulitzer Prize-winning work's thorny humor with a more sober tone, director John Madden has woven together an elegant, intelligent drama of a breed increasingly rare in mainstream American movies.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The film is powered by a superbly controlled performance from Javier Bardem. While it lacks economy and could have used a firmer hand in shaping the key central relationship, this intelligent, arrestingly sober drama packs a cumulative punch.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 David Rooney
    The story's quiet power comes from its sensitive observation of the characters as normal, emancipated young modern women, with healthy desires and curiosities, whose supposed transgressions are imagined and then magnified in the judgmental minds of others.

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